As always, the annual Logan to Jackson Classic (LoToJa) was packed with Idaho cyclists. I perused through results with a fine toothed comb to share how eastern Idahoans did this weekend and this column is the result.
The Medal Stand: East Idaho well represented in LoToJa
By MARLOWE HEREFORD
The 36th annual Logan to Jackson (LoToJa) Classic, the nation’s longest single-day USA Cycling sanctioned road race, featured several eastern Idaho cyclists.
Brandon Nelson led Idaho Falls cyclists in the licensed race, finishing the 206 mile course in 10 hours, 16 minutes for eighth place in men Category 5. Another Idaho Falls cyclist, Dave Wilding, finished 11 minutes after him in 10:27:26 to place 16th in men Masters 45 B. Lyndsi Davis was the first Idaho Falls woman to finish the licensed race, completing it in 10:49.27 to win B women Category 5. Damond Watkins led Idaho Falls cyclists in men Masters 35B, finishing in 11:24:20 to place 45th. Tami Cole and Tyana Hulett finished one second apart — 11:29:12 to 11:29:13 — to lead Idaho Falls finishers in women Masters 45 and women Masters 35, respectively, with 8th and 5th in those categories. John Harris finished in 12:49.22 to lead Idaho Falls competitors in men Masters 65, placing 12th in that category.
Other Idaho Falls licensed race finishers were: Jeffery Banks (10:50:45, 22nd in men Masters 45 B), Michael Dustin (11:25:43, 46th in men Masters 35 B), Paul Hann (11:29:13, ninth in women Masters 45), Mike Jorde (11:39:16, 31st in men Master 45 B), Creg Fielding (11:37:39, 22nd in men Cat 5), Tyler Fielding (11:37:39, 23rd in men Cat 5), Lane Blake (11:52:35, 28th in men Cat 5), Tammy Beck (12:22:35, 16th in women Masters 45) and Winn Oakey (12:34:57, 40th in men Cat 5).
Other eastern Idahoans completed the licensed race Saturday. Bruce Baxter of Rexburg finished in 12:24:57 (40th in men Masters 45), Blackfoot’s Stewart Smith finished in 11:57:54 (16th in men Cat 4) and Ammon’s Bart Larsen finished in 11:25:04 (28th in men Masters 45 B).
Chris Butler of Boise was the first Idaho finisher of the licensed race Saturday, completing it in 8:59:19 to place seventh in men Masters 45 A. Tiffany Larson of Boise was the first Idaho female finisher of the licensed race, completing it in 10:21:26 to claim second in women Masters 45.
Coming up locally
It is a packed weekend for local events.
The Horseshoe Challenge half marathon and 12k walk/run takes place Saturday at Horseshoe Canyon trailhead west of Driggs. The 12k walk begins at 8:45 a.m., the half marathon begins at 9 a.m. and the 12k run begins at 10 a.m.
The 24th annual Shelley Spud Run 5k, 1-mile run/walk takes place Saturday in Shelley. Start time is 7:30 a.m. on the south side of Sunnyside Elementary School.
The annual ISU Ambush 5k mud and obstacle team challenge is Saturday with the first heat scheduled for 10 a.m. at Bartz Field.
The annual Sun Valley Half Marathon takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum.
Team USA Update
Led by 26 points from WNBA Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson, 22 points and 10 rebounds from Nneka Ogwumike and 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Tina Charles, the U.S. women’s basketball team defeated Japan 102-87 on Monday in Washington, D.C. The win came a day after Team USA rallied to defeat Canada 74-68. Team USA will next compete at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup, which begins Sept. 22 in Tenerife, Spain.
Team USA won its third consecutive FINA Women’s Water Polo World Cup upon defeating Russia 8-5 on Sunday in Surgut, Russia. The U.S. has won 26 consecutive games and currently owns titles in all major women’s water polo competitions: world championships, the Olympics, World Cup and World League.
The ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final is ongoing this week and weekend in Gold Coast, Australia. Elite women and paratriathlon is scheduled for Saturday while elite men compete Sunday. Team USA’s Katie Zaferes, a 2016 Olympian, enters the elite women’s event ranked No. 1 in World Triathlon Series rankings.